HOUSTON — Barack Obama was 2 years old when Lyndon Baines Johnson sat in the East Room of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and signed the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to an America where schools, restaurants and water fountains were divided by race. Half a century later, the first black man to become president is commemorating what’s been accomplished in his lifetime and recommitting the nation to fighting deep inequalities that remain. Continue reading
NEW YORK — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings – among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom – sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
The Department of Education published a report that shows sweeping patterns of disparity by race in public schools across the country, including fewer advanced classes available to students of color and a disproportionately high percentage of suspensions. Hari Sreenivasan gets reaction from Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary in the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. Continue reading
Minority students are less likely to have access to advanced math and science classes and veteran teachers. Black students of any age, even the youngest preschoolers, are more likely to be suspended. And students with disabilities are more likely than other students to be tied down or placed alone in a room as a form of discipline. Continue reading
John F. Kennedy’s presidency grappled with contentious national issues. Yet when his time in office was cut short, grief for his death crossed all ideological lines. Gwen Ifill talks to authors Ellen Fitzpatrick, William P. Jones, Bill Minutaglio and Robert Dallek about the legacy JFK left on the United States. Continue reading
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Women in Saudi Arabia stood up to authorities Saturday by breaking a ban on driving. The rule stems from conservative religious customs and isn’t written in law — but that hasn’t stopped police from arresting women who get behind the wheel. Continue reading
Tonight, a few lives remembered from the Civil Rights era.
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They would have been in their early 60′s now. Instead, Denise McNail, Carol Robertson, Addie May Collins and Cynthia Wesley were killed 50 years ago today in one of the worst acts of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. Also remembered tonight, Demetrius Newton, a Civil Rights attorney and Alabama legislator. Continue reading
1963 marked the beginning of The Birmingham Campaign, one of the most influential movements of the Civil Rights Era. In honor of its 50th anniversary this year, Alabama Public Television will be airing “Preserving Justice” on Sunday, October 13th at … Continue reading
The civil rights movement didn’t just promote equality for African-Americans. It was also a social justice springboard for other causes. To explore how the movement impacted the fight for LGBT and women’s rights, Ray Suarez speaks with George Chauncey of Yale University and Ruth Rosen of the University of California, Davis. Continue reading